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Christopher Nolan’s Favorite Movies: 30 Films the Director Wants You to See

From science-fiction classics "Alien" and "Blade Runner 2049" to war epics "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Thin Red Line," here are 30 Nolan-approved movies.

Christopher Nolan Favorite Movies


Christopher Nolan has become of the the most celebrated directors working in Hollywood since launching his career in 1998 with the neo-noir crime thriller “Following” and breaking through two years later with “Memento.” All of Nolan’s movies are influenced by the films he holds closest to his heart, whether it’s a 1927 classic from F. W. Murnau laying the groundwork for “Dunkirk” or science-fiction classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” providing a backbone for “Interstellar.”

With Nolan currently at work on his next feature, the 2020 action epic “Tenet,” IndieWire takes a look at some of the films the writer-director credits with changing his outlook on cinema. Below are 30 titles Nolan encourages moviegoers to watch, and why, in his own words.

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